Board of Directors
Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation
Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation
Mark Mosier is the Chair of the Board of Directors. He and his wife, Jenny, started the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, after their six-year old son Michael passed away from DIPG.
Mark is a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, where he specializes in Supreme Court and appellate litigation. Before joining the firm, Mark was a law clerk to Chief Justices John G. Roberts, Jr. and William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, and to Judge Deanell R. Tacha of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mark graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in economics, and from the University of Chicago Law School. Before law school, Mark played professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants minor league system.
Dr. Henry S. Friedman is an internationally renowned academic adult and pediatric neuro-oncologist who helps to lead The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University. He is the author of more than 500 peer reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters and has presented extensively at both international and national meetings.
Dr. Friedman has proven experience in drug development working with leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, Food and Drug Administration, National Cancer Institute and advocacy groups. He is a seasoned innovator and team builder who has built organization cultures for new products and therapy development. He is an expert connector with a network of decision makers in a broad spectrum of industries including financial/banking, healthcare, health insurance, sports media, federal, legal and political.
Dr. Friedman is a committed educator who is a member of the Executive and Super Executive Committees of Duke Medical School which is responsible for the recruitment, screening and selection of medical students. He has reviewed grants for the National Institutes of Health for over 15 years in a spectrum of different study sections. He is the senior editor of CNS Oncology, was the Associate Editor for the Neuro-Oncology Section of Cancer for 15 years and is a reviewer for over 25 academic journals.
Dr. Friedman serves on the advisory board of a number of organizations including Voices Against Brain Cancer, the Tug McGraw Foundation, Pinnacle Care, Transforming Medicine, the National Children’s Cancer Society, American Brain Tumor Association and Cancer Expert Now. He is on the Executive Board of TEAM Doctors Preferred Access. He has received a number of awards for his work including the Visionary Award from the Tug McGraw Foundation, the Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award from the Voices Against Brain Cancer Foundation and the Healthnetwork Foundation Service Excellence Award. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation.
Katie Gaskin is the founder of Anthony’s Avengers Defeat DIPG Foundation. This chapter was established in September 2017 in honor of her son, Anthony Pappalas, who passed away March 9, 2017 from DIPG.
Katie was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. She is the mother of three boys, Luke, Anthony and Daniel. Katie is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools and specializes in special education. She graduated with honors from Chicago State University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.
Brandon is the National College Football Recruiting Editor for CBS Sports/247Sports and is featured on various national media platforms covering college football and college football recruiting.
Brandon and his wife Amanda are the co-founders of the Avery Huffman Defeat DIPG Foundation, a chapter of the Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation based in Seattle, Washington. The Avery Huffman Defeat DIPG Foundation was established in May 2016 and honors the fight and legacy of their 7-year old daughter, Avery, who fought DIPG bravely from June 2015 until her death on February 16, 2016. Born and raised in Southern California, Brandon and Amanda make their home in the Seattle suburb of Auburn and are the parents of Avery, Alexandra, Addison and Cade.
Julie McEvoy is a partner with the law firm of Jones Day. She has more than twenty years experience –in the private sector and as a senior Department of Justice official – in a wide range of antitrust and litigation matters.
From 2012-2015 Julie served as Deputy Associate Attorney General at DOJ, where she oversaw the Antitrust Division and counseled DOJ principals on significant antitrust matters. Julie participated in formulating policies and strategies for investigating, litigating, and resolving merger, conduct, and criminal cases. Julie also advised Administration officials on immigration matters; led the staff of the President’s Task Force on Puerto Rico; and spearheaded various legislative, policy, and social justice initiatives for the Department. Julie maintains an active pro bono practice.
Jenny Mosier is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation. A lawyer by training, Jenny graduated from the University of Chicago Law School and began her legal career with Covington & Burling LLP from 2003 to 2010, where she focused on litigation and white collar matters. In September 2010, Jenny joined the Office of Attorney General in the Department of Justice, where she advised the Attorney General on litigation, enforcement and policy issues in a range of areas.
In Fall 2014, she was serving as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to Attorney General Eric Holder, when she learned the tragic news that her six-year-old son Michael had a cancerous tumor in his brainstem called diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). After seeing firsthand the desperate need for funding and awareness for DIPG, Jenny turned her professional focus to raising awareness and funds for DIPG to help find a cure for this devastating cancer.
Jenny earned her B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University, with a double major in Psychology and Sociology and a concentration in Social Inequality. She was a co-captain of the Johns Hopkins field hockey team, and recognized as First Team All-Conference and the 2000 recipient of the Blue Jays Unlimited Award given to a single varsity athlete each year.
Peter Olympia is the Director of College Counseling at YES Prep Public Schools – Southwest Campus in Houston, Texas. YES Prep is a public charter school system that works with first-generation, low-income students to become college ready and transition successfully to and through college. He has been in the position for five years. Prior to that, he held other positions in college admission counseling at Allegheny College, Boston University, Fort Worth Country Day, and the University of Arizona.
Peter is also a Sergeant in the Army National Guard and has served in the military for nine years, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010.
He has a BA in History from Allegheny College and a MeD from Boston University in Administration, Training, and Policy Studies.
His son Connor was diagnosed with DIPG on December 15, 2014. He lost his battle on October 29, 2015.
Amanda Abramson Posner is a mother of two children.
She is a typical double scorpio, is passionate about animals, singing karaoke, puzzling, and breakfast foods.
Amanda is aggressively proud of her English degree from the most glorious academic institution, The University of Arizona.
She is a third generation native Washingtonian.
To her first board of directors, she brings her resourceful innovation and an often obnoxious positivity.
Marshall is currently Vice President Research & Investments at Royalty Pharma, a private equity firm specializing in pharmaceutical and biotechnology investments. Prior to Royalty Pharma, Marshall was an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley from 2005 to 2013, mostly recently as Executive Director and the senior biotechnology analyst.
Marshall graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and holds a MD and PhD from Columbia University.
Porter Wilkinson is the Chief of Staff to Regents at the Smithsonian Institution. Before joining the Smithsonian, Porter practiced appellate and employment law at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Porter was a law clerk to Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. of the Supreme Court of the United States and to Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Porter graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was an articles editor on the Virginia Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif and the Raven Society. She received her Bachelor of Arts with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a three-time All-America selection in women’s lacrosse. In 2012, she was inducted into the Virginia Chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.